Unclutter Your Home: 7 Simple Steps, 700 Tips & Ideas

UnclutterYourHomeWay back in 1999, I wrote a book that launched my career as an organizing and cleaning expert.  It sold more than 100,000 copies and was translated into a dozen languages.

I’ve written many books since then, but my first book was…well, it was my first baby. So it is with a momma’s great pride that I have a special announcement to make.

For the first time ever, Unclutter Your Home: 7 Simple Steps, 700 Tips & Ideas is now available in ebook form. And it’s been completely updated and revised to include many of my newest tips and ideas.

Before I forget, I need to tell you that all of the links in this post direct you to Amazon.com where you can download the Kindle version. But my publisher is partnered with 35 ebook retailers, which means that you can  download the ebook version through Barnes & Noble, Apple, Google, Kobo, and Scribd as well as Amazon. You’ll also find it in libraries.

Updating this book was a blast – as in blast from the past!

When my publisher sent the original manuscript to me this summer and I read through the pages, I was amazed by how many things had changed in 15 years. Back then, we were developing photographs rather taking and storing them as digital images. Email and Internet use was still relatively new. We didn’t have the conveniences of online banking and bill paying. And apps were a thing of the future.

But clutter was still clutter and the advice I gave back then to unclutter your home is the same advice I give today. It all starts with figuring out what’s important to you right now, at this point in your life, and letting go of the rest.

So what are the “7 Simple Steps” promised in the title of this book?

Step 1: Assess Your Situation. It helps to understand how and why clutter happens and how it affects the quality of your life.

Step 2: Plan for Success. Recognize your role as clutterer and declutterer. Find your motivation, commit to your goal, and get started.

Step 3. Lighten Your Load. Let go of the things you no longer love or use.

Step 4. Contain Yourself. Find a place for everything so you can always put things in their place.

Step 5. Revamp Clutter Zones. Minimize clutter by organizing your possessions to fit your home and lifestyle.

Step 6. Simplify with Systems. Simplify your life with systems for handling routine chores and tasks.

Step 7. Ban Clutter Forever. Create an environment that does not invite or welcome clutter into your home.

Here’s what one reviewer had to say about the original version of Unclutter Your Home: 7 Simple Steps, 700 Tips & Ideas

This is a really useful book. There are hundreds of quick tips on all aspects of homemaking. The book is extremely easy to read and the tips offered are practical and easy to implement.  

And another reviewer wrote this after reading it:

I do have to say that reading this book inspired me to do some *SERIOUS* uncluttering. I’ve only owned it a month and in that time I think I’ve thrown out, sold, or donated about two dumpsters worth of things I was holding onto for all the wrong reasons. For the first time I’m enjoying getting rid of things, and making room to actually have places to put things away.

Read a sample of my book for free – and take my clutter quiz!

To read a sample of my book, click on this link to Unclutter Your Home: 7 Simple Steps, 700 Tips & Ideas. Then click on “Look Inside” up near the book cover image to take a look at the Table of Contents and read through the first dozen or so pages.

Oh, and be sure to take the quick “What’s Your Clutter Quotient?” quiz that you’ll find in Chapter 1, okay? What was your score? Were you surprised by the results or no?









  1. Donna do you anything in CD or some type audio ? I don’t like to read but I would love to get something I can listen to that will help me with my clutter..

    • Tina, you are the second person to ask me that in less than 24 hours! That might be something I should get on my calendar. I do have a few recordings of interviews I’ve done that I am considering offering to new subscribers (and of course to you too!). Stay tuned.

  2. You’re right, Marilyn. I just re-read my post and realize that it was not clear that the paperback version was NOT updated. My published actually decided to phase out the paperback version. I’m not sure why really, but it’s their call, not mine per our contract.

    I love my Kindle and read a lot of books on it. I don’t have the room to store physical books and I think it’s amazing that I carry my entire library in one hand! But again, you’re right that some books such as reference books are much easier to read in paper form.

    Congratulations on getting to a point where you could finally let go of some things that were really just taking up valuable space in your small apartment. By the way, I don’t think that any of the updates in Unclutter Your Home were specifically geared to small spaces; we mostly focused on bringing it up to date.

  3. I just bought this book from an online company. It’s quite good but it appears to be outdated in certain areas. How can I get the updated version?

    • Hmmm. Well, it was only recently updated – maybe after you purchased your copy. Only the Kindle version is new.

      • Hi Donna, I really didn’t get from reading your blog that the updated version is ONLY available with the Kindle version. Any plans for an updated hard copy? Am I correct in assuming you would recommend a Kindle as a space saving device? And if you can, is it good for all kinds of books i.e. creative-technique-instructional-type-books that tend to be larger in format when printed? I considered buying one but because I’m housebound due to illness [a major factor in my apartments current state of disaster] I can only shop online and couldn’t decide which one to buy or if I should buy one at all. Which reminds me of your comment about perfectionists wanting to do everything just right, or not at all. For me, understanding the psychology behind my paralyzing inability to make decisions around my many possessions and realizing it’s not “just me” gave me some much needed courage and freedom to start letting go. For the first time I actually threw out a green garbage bag full of old packaging and advertising examples I’d been keeping “just in case” I needed a graphic design reference without going through it a second time and keeping half of it. One last thing, does your updated version contain more suggestions specifically for condo/apartment dwellers as well as computer related storage issues? Thank you very much and my apologies if I’ve strayed too far off topic.

  4. What suggestions do you have to help genealogists who are the family’s storage facility?

    • Hi, Bonnie. Can you be more specific? What items is this genealogist (you?) storing?

  5. I love this book – it is a must have for me – so glad you revised it and just bought an ebook of it. I have my book for many years and read it frequently for inspiration. Cannot wait to see what you have updated and revised too. I love to that my old paperback version is the right size and easy to read, but having an ebook version fits more in with what I want my lifestyle to be now. Not sure though if I’ll be able to part with the original, but I suppose it’s part of the unclutter plan – one new revised book in, one well loved original version to pass on.

    • Well, Sarita. You just made my day! Thank you for your kind words.



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